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Mel Bay Mozart for Acoustic Guitar Paperback – May, 1997


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Mel Bay Publications; Pap/Com Mu edition (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786605979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786605972
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,974,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ben Bolt was playing lead guitar in rock bands at the age of 12 and performed professionally at 16 in Miami. After high school, Ben left his band to study classical guitar in Spain. At the age of 19, he studied with Andres Segovia in Madrid. Andrés Segovia, the father of the classical guitar, said, "Ben Bolt is an excellent guitarist with fine tone." Segovia personally paid for a scholarship so that Bolt could continue his studies at the Musica en Compostela, which Segovia founded. Later in Paris, Ben Bolt sought out and studied with Abel Carlevaro, one of Segovia's students, who continued to teach Bolt in Brazil at the International Guitar Conservatory. There, under full scholarship, Bolt was introduced to more Segovia information and, equally importantly, to the Carlevaro school of technique. During the next several years he went on to Montevideo, Carlevaro's home town, and complete his music studies under the direction of Maestro Carlevaro and Guido Santorsola, the distinguished Italian composer and conductor. Carlevaro invited him to attend the 1974 International Guitar Seminary in Brazil under full scholarship. In that same year Ben won the coveted Merit Prize as Outstanding Student at the First International Masters Class in Montevideo, Uruguay. Bolt is credited with being an innovator in introducing thousands of new people to the classical style of guitar through his videos and books, which use a revolutionary format of learning. In the past, guitar students needed to learn to read music at the same time they were learning to play the guitar, which was complicated. Since the publication of Bolt's book/recording packages, beginners are able to play immediately. The tablature, using lines and numbers to show where the notes are on the fretboard, and the recordings, which are rhythmically self-explanatory, empower all students to play. Because of his vision of making classical guitar accessible to all kinds of musicians, the classic guitar is being experienced by the masses. Andrés Segovia, the father of the classical guitar, said, "Ben Bolt is an excellent guitarist with fine tone." Segovia personally paid for a scholarship so that Bolt could continue his studies at the Musica en Compostela, which Segovia founded. Later in Paris, Ben Bolt sought out and studied with Abel Carlevaro, one of Segovia's students, who continued to teach Bolt in Brazil at the International Guitar Conservatory. There, under full scholarship, Bolt was introduced to more Segovia information and, equally importantly, to the Carlevaro school of technique. During the next several years he went on to Montevideo, Carlevaro's home town, and complete his music studies under the direction of Maestro Carlevaro and Guido Santorsola, the distinguished Italian composer and conductor. Several Ben Bolt books have become best sellers. His Anyone Can Play the Classic Guitar Video has become a reference for college students as the authority on basic fundamentals concerning classical technique. He also appears in Mel Bay's video of the Modern Guitar Method Grade One, a hugely successful publication. Ben currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee where he teaches all styles of guitar. He is also Professor of Guitar at Carson-Newman College. He believes anyone can play the guitar well, provided they have these three ingredients: a good instrument, a knowledgeable teacher, and music that holds the student's interest. Bolt's work is distributed internationally and has been featured at the yearly NAMM show (National Association of Music Merchants) in California, as well as the International NAMM show in Germany. His influences include Mel Bay, the Beatles, and Segovia.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Wade Outland on November 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I was looking for a place to find some of the melodies of Mozart arranged for guitar. I found just what I was looking for. Here are arrangements of some of my favorite Mozart that are accessible to the intermediate guitarist, namely me. The arrangements are presented in both musical notation and in tab form and there is an included CD containing performances of most of the arrangements. The arrangements are challenging but then that is what I was looking for, too. I might have picked a few different pieces for inclusion but overall I am quite satisfied with my purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phil on April 8, 2011
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You don't get to the first piece until page 64. Until then the book is taken up by a brief Mozart bio, an introduction to tablature and music notation, and a brief overview of right and left had technique as used in classical guitar - all provided in four languages. I suspect most buying this book will be beyond needing much of this information as these are not beginner pieces. The pieces are provided in both standard notation and tablature. I would prefer just standard notation, but needed to reference the tablature at times as no left hand fingerings or position markers are provided.

I would say most pieces are of an intermediate level, with the possible exception of the last two pieces which are variations themes by Mozart. Unfortunately these last two pieces are not included on the accompanying CD. The other selections in the book are pleasing short arrangements. At least some, such as the Sonata in C and Allegro from A Little Night Music, will be familiar to most.

Overall I gave the book four stars as there is not a lot of Mozart arrangements available for solo guitar, and I think the arrangements are generally good and accessible to classical or fingerstyle guitarists with some experience.
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By roan on March 22, 2014
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A nice collection of student-level tunes most only 2or 3 pages. A couple well- known themes and nice arrangements of sonata in c and minuets in f and g. The tab is distracting. The cd is good and it doesn't take long to learn to play a selection. Sor's variation on a theme of mozart is included with an arrangement different than Segovia's, but is not on the cd. It's not a mozart work, strictly speaking. This is as good as other mozart for guitar books and does have some interesting mozart facts. The Sor transcription is a nice addition. Overall, a beginner's book. The author would do well to choose a more challenging, longer mozart work and write an advanced book, like Yates' arrangement of the unaccompanied cello suites, which is perfect.
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